Clinical Hypnotherapy - What is it?
You have probably seen stage hypnosis at some time. Well clinical hypnotherapy is not the same – if you are watching someone who has been hypnotized on stage, it may appear as though they do not know what’s happening to them. With clinical hypnotherapy you are aware of everything the whole time – and that’s exactly how it should be.
You may, or may not, be able to remember everything afterwards – but at the time you will hear everything that is said. We are all different – some people go into a very deep trance and remember nothing at all afterwards, whilst others remain in a light trance, which can work equally well as a deep one – but – more often than not people drift into different levels of conscious awareness and remember parts of the experience.
You can never be made to say, or do, anything you don’t want to, and if I or anyone else were to give you suggestions that you didn’t morally approve of, you would come out of hypnosis. You will never give away any secrets or be made to act in any derogatory way. You are in control but at the same time you are also very deeply relaxed.
How does it work?
During this relaxed state your subconscious mind is open and receptive to the suggestions given to you providing they are the suggestions that you consciously want to take effect. You will be able to hear everything during the hypnosis session. You will be aware of outside noises and movements this is perfectly normal because you are in a heightened state of awareness in hypnosis.
Clinical hypnotherapy can be used in the treatment and management of a range of psychological distress including depression, anxiety, addictive disorders, phobias, pain management, ego-strengthening, sleep-disorders, emotional disorders, sexual dysfunction, obesity (weight-loss) eating disorders, smoking and other habit disorders as well as academic performance, sports and athletic performance amongst others.
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